Second BJP man found dead in West Bengal's Purulia

BJP claims the victim was party’s supporter

Updated - December 01, 2021 06:06 am IST

Published - June 02, 2018 12:05 pm IST - Kolkata

No to violence: BJP Mahila Morcha President Locket Chatterjee, centre, protesting with Yuva Morcha activists in Kolkata on Saturday.

No to violence: BJP Mahila Morcha President Locket Chatterjee, centre, protesting with Yuva Morcha activists in Kolkata on Saturday.

The body of another BJP supporter was found hanging in West Bengal’s Purulia district on Saturday. The BJP raised its pitch against the Trinamool Congress, saying it was a political murder.

Locals spotted the body of Dulal Kumar, 32, hanging from an electricity tower in Dava village early on Saturday. They clashed with policemen when they tried to remove the body for post-mortem.

The government replaced Superintendent of Police, Purulia, Joy Biswas, with Askash Megharia, Special Superintendent of Police, Criminal Investigation Department.

'Worst kind of crime'

The CID is aiding in the investigation into the death of another BJP supporter on Saturday. A team has reached Purulia and is coordinating with the district police.

Superintendent of Police, Purulia, Joy Biswas, who was replaced with Akash Megharia, Special Superintendent of Police, CID, told The Hindu earlier in the day that prima facie , it appeared to be a case of suicide. More details would emerge after the post-mortem, he said.

On Wednesday, the body of Trilochan Mahato, 20, was found hanging from a tree in the Balarampur area with a note saying he had been “punished for being associated with the BJP”.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar, who was in Kolkata, said West Bengal was witnessing “political murders day in and day out”. He described it as the “worst kind of crime”.

Inhuman, says Shah

BJP president Amit Shah took to social media to allege that the Mamata Banerjee government “has completely failed to maintain law and order in the State”. “Distressed to know about yet another killing of BJP karyakarta Dulal Kumar in Balrampur, West Bengal. This continued brutality and violence in the land of West Bengal is shameful and inhuman,” Mr. Shah tweeted.

The State BJP leadership took out rallies in Kolkata and called a 12-hour bandh in Purulia on June 3. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the deaths.

Expressing their condolences, Trinamool Congress leaders said a thorough probe would bring out the complete picture.

Party MP and spokesperson Derek O’ Brien said all angles must be probed. “The perpetrators of the heinous act must be punished. What elements of Bajrang Dal, Maoist or BJP (are) involved. Let the truth be found out through proper investigation,” he tweeted.

Senior party leader Partha Chatterjee said the role of “ people who are bringing outsiders from Jharkhand and colluding with Maoists should also be probed”.

The National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) on Friday evening took suo motu cognisance of the death of Trilochan Mahato.

“The right to life of the poor Dalit victim has been grossly violated, which is a glaring instance of the failure of the law-enforcing agencies to protect the precious human life,” the NHRC press release stated.

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